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Anatomical Natt

Bloody lips.

You know what's just gnawing at me?

This phrase:

"He bit his lover's lip hard enough to draw blood."

And others to that effect.

Is that supposed to be sexy? Creative? Artistic?

It's none of those. If anything, it's clichéd (therefore boring), unrealistic (therefore pointless in most kissing and sex scenes), and just plain silly. Especially when it's followed up by something like, "It stung a bit at first, but as his lover licked at the wound the pain turned into pleasure."

What the hell are they---puppies?

I think it's safe to say that most people don't get off on feeling (physical) pain. I think it's safe to say that most fictional characters are included.

So why is this so common? I will tell you. Because a few people thought it was neat when Someone Unknown first used the phrase at the Dawn of Fandom; they copied it, and then people started copying them, and so fourth. Now it's commonplace. A throwaway line. A space-waster. Neither imaginative nor useful. I cringe if I come across any variant.

I also dislike it when applied to one person. For example, if Harry is being derided by Snape on a particularly bad day, he may bite his own lip in annoyance or frustration. Many times, an author will write that he bites to the point of blood trickling down his lip. The common reaction is for Harry to lick the blood away, without acknowledging his pain. Tell me, how is this so? Don't you react when you stub your toe, prick your finger, or have a run-in with the family cat's little claws? Not to mention pressing your blunt tooth through the sensitive flesh of your lip!

Not to say pain is out of the question, you crazy kids. But surely you can think of some other painful, sexual act to amuse yourself with? What about fisting? There should be more fisting in fandom. :)

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Ohh, I so agree with you and nattish! :)

I wouldn't know about bleeding lips, because to me, that's only happened very rarely (but now that I'm thinking about it, they were caused by me biting them; but then, the skin already has to be very, very thin - maybe because of cold weather outside and me forgetting to put on lip balm or something..), and doing it to other people?? Helllooo?

Tugging at someone else's lips with one's teeth - yeah! Or getting one's lips tugged! (Teasingly, hmmmm!) But biting them? Until they bleed? No, I think people are really confusing those two.

About bruised lips: I think that's another case of confusing two things with each other. I guess most people have swollen lips in mind when they're writing about bruised ones. And yeah, mine can get swollen (and I guess other people's lips as well) after much/intense kissing, and I do not only feel it, but I can actually see they are swollen when I look into a mirror. But that's because I know what they normally look like, 'cause I see them in their 'normal' state a couple of times every day. Also, my skin's very pale, that's why the contrast between the colour of my skin and my lips becomes much more stark when they are swollen (and that's why I think that in my case, other people might also notice it).. In some films, you can also see 'swollen' lips, but then, those are usually a woman's lips, and we only get the impression because the woman in question is wearing lipstick and the lipstick gets smeared (if only to make the lips appear swollen)!! Anyway, I can't see many people (and even less men!) having their lips 'abused' to a degree that a (potential) swelling is actually visible....

Oh, and one more thing about bleeding lips (because I just had an idea..). I don't find the image erotic, but it could be that lips are just a convenient (or the most convenient).. uhm body part to 'produce' an 'accidental' trickle of blood. Because yeah, I find the image of a small trickle of blood somehow.. fascinating. Or sexy. (Just like I find fresh - rather, freshly healed - small cuts/scratches in people's faces attractive.) Anyone remember that scene in "The Entertainer"? Robert Redford? At the end of the movie, after he's 'shot'.. when he's lying on the floor and there's 'blood' trickling out of his mouth? Oh. Yeaaah. I can imagine now where those bleeding lips came from.. (though I still don't find those sexy. Like, at all.)


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